Last WWW webpage: http://www.femlinkpacific.org.fj/index.php/en/actions/archive/595-women-s-weather-watch-updates-2017-november-december 

 

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15 February

Women's Weather Watch: Fiji

While TC Gita has passed, over the next few days, we can expect rain bands to affect the country particularly the north of Viti Levu and Vanua Levu as well as interior areas. The rainfall may be heavy at times, thus the need to remain prepared if you are in a low lying area or a community prone to flooding.

https://www.facebook.com/femlinkpacific/posts/10160213139545093 

 
(PODCAST) For FemTALK89FM's Women's Weather Watch, Ravind Kumar - Director of Fiji Met - gives an overview of developments over the last week with regard to TC Gita as well as the weekend forecast for Fiji.

14 February

Women's Weather Watch: Fiji

Special Weather Bulletin Number TWENTY THREE for Fiji ON SEVERE TROPICAL CYCLONE GITA ISSUED FROM RSMC NADI at 12:19pm on Wednesday the 14th of February 2018

https://www.facebook.com/femlinkpacific/posts/10160208598170093 

For FemTALK89FM's Women's Weather Watch, Sian Rolls speaks to rural women of all diversities about how their communities are faring after a number of weeks of unpredictable weather. 

https://www.facebook.com/femlinkpacific/posts/10160208577205093 

https://soundcloud.com/femlinkpacific/womens-weather-watch-feb18-bonita-jashnita-sarojani-and-lucille-14th 

Special Weather Bulletin Number TWENTY ONE for Fiji ON SEVERE TROPICAL CYCLONE GITA ISSUED FROM RSMC NADI at 6:18am on Wednesday the 14th of February 2018

https://www.facebook.com/femlinkpacific/posts/10160207605200093 

Women's Weather Watch: Tonga

Speaking to us from the Red Cross as she prepared to assist in the distribution of food, water and tents, Adi Pasikala reflects on her experience of #TCGita as well as outlines what is needed most in affected communities.

https://www.facebook.com/femlinkpacific/posts/10160207572650093 and https://soundcloud.com/femlinkpacific/womens-weather-watch-tongafeb18-adi-pasikala-14th 

Women's Weather Watch: Fiji - Last night the NDMO advised that the hurricane warning previously in force for Ono-i-Lau and Vatoa had been downgraded to a storm warning after TCGita tracked passed Ono-i-Lau in a westerly direction. 

https://www.facebook.com/femlinkpacific/posts/10160206917500093 

Special Weather Bulletin Number TWENTY for Fiji ON SEVERE TROPICAL CYCLONE GITA ISSUED FROM RSMC NADI at 4:47am on Wednesday the 14th of February 2018

https://www.facebook.com/femlinkpacific/posts/10160206855330093 

13 February

Special Weather Bulletin Number EIGHTEEN for Fiji ON SEVERE TROPICAL CYCLONE GITA ISSUED FROM RSMC NADI at 8:47pm on Tuesday the 13th of February 2018

https://www.facebook.com/femlinkpacific/posts/10160205326770093 

Windy Tracking Link

https://www.facebook.com/femlinkpacific/posts/10160205196485093 

Special Weather Bulletin Number SEVENTEEN for Fiji ON SEVERE TROPICAL CYCLONE GITA ISSUED FROM RSMC NADI at 6:05pm on Tuesday the 13th of February 2018

https://www.facebook.com/femlinkpacific/posts/10160205176390093 

Women's Weather Watch: Tonga 
"We have talked to some women this morning - their priorities are water, blankets and food" - Vanessa Heleta of Talitha Project highlights priorities for response and recovery in this RNZI report: https://www.facebook.com/femlinkpacific/posts/10160205167960093 

Women's Weather Watch: Post TC Gita via CNN International

(CNN)Large parts of Tonga have been left without power after Tropical Cyclone Gita smashed into the Pacific island nation, flattening buildings, downing electrical lines and causing widespread flooding.

https://www.facebook.com/femlinkpacific/posts/10160204917245093 

Women's Weather Watch: Samoa 
We are pleased to hear that Gender, Dignity and Participation are principles Samoa Red Cross is striving for as they respond to TC Gita Recovery Efforts

https://www.facebook.com/femlinkpacific/posts/10160204879225093 

Special Weather Bulletin Number SIXTEEN for Fiji ON SEVERE TROPICAL CYCLONE GITA ISSUED FROM RSMC NADI at 2:57pm on Tuesday the 13th of February 2018

https://www.facebook.com/femlinkpacific/posts/10160204381085093 

Special Weather Bulletin Number FIFTEEN for Fiji ON SEVERE TROPICAL CYCLONE GITA ISSUED FROM RSMC NADI at 12:07pm on Tuesday the 13th of February 2018

https://www.facebook.com/femlinkpacific/posts/10160204255590093 

According to the Fiji Roads Authority (FRA), due to heavy rain roads in the Northern and Western Division. The FRA is asking the public not to drive through floodwaters especially if they are of unknown depth and current.

https://www.facebook.com/femlinkpacific/posts/10160204247210093 

Cyclone Gita update via RNZI - Storm to pass directly over Fiji's Southern Lau group

https://www.facebook.com/femlinkpacific/posts/10160203731145093 

Special Weather Bulletin Number FOURTEEN for Fiji ON SEVERE TROPICAL CYCLONE GITA ISSUED FROM RSMC NADI at 9:08am on Tuesday the 13th of February 2018

https://www.facebook.com/femlinkpacific/posts/10160203140600093

(PHOTOS) From Vaness Heleta of the Talitha Project, Tonga - photos of the aftermath of #TCGita

https://www.facebook.com/femlinkpacific/posts/10160203078790093

"There lots trees fallen. Roofs been ripped open from shops,houses, floods in parts of Nukualofa.electricity wires are tangling from poles" was the first update from Vanessa Heleta of the Talitha Project this morning who has been part of a Tonga Red Cross standby team throughout Monday night as Tonga bore the brunt of TC Gita.

Read more: https://www.facebook.com/femlinkpacific/posts/10160202523030093 

 

12 February

(PHOTOS) Vanessa Heleta of the Talitha Project and Chairperson of the GPPAC Pacific Regional Steering Group and member of the Shifting the Power coalition is also a member of the Tonga Red Cross standby team.

https://www.facebook.com/femlinkpacific/posts/10160200479315093 

Tropical Cyclone Gita passed by Samoa on 10 February 2018 and Niue on 11 February 2018, with damages reported in Samoa, including localized flooding.

https://www.facebook.com/femlinkpacific/posts/10160200092050093 

Special Weather Bulletin Number SEVEN for Fiji ON SEVERE TROPICAL CYCLONE GITA ISSUED FROM RSMC NADI at 3:24pm on Monday the 12th of February 2018

https://www.facebook.com/femlinkpacific/posts/10160199763300093 

Women's Weather Watch: Tonga - Vital Preparedness Information from the Tonga Red Cross as a State of Emergency was declared for Tonga at 10:00am this morning in preparation for severe Tropical Cyclone Gita which threatens to hit southern Tonga witha potential Category 5 force from around 7:00pm tonight, Monday 12 February 2018.

https://www.facebook.com/femlinkpacific/posts/10160199388135093

ABC News provides an overview on the impact in Samoa and preparations in Tonga

https://www.facebook.com/femlinkpacific/posts/10160199452265093 

Sian Rolls speaks to Fiji Met Director, Ravind Kumar, about what to expect in Fiji over the next day or two with TC Gita on its current path.
 
Special Weather Bulletin Number SIX for Fiji ON SEVERE TROPICAL CYCLONE GITA ISSUED FROM RSMC NADI at 12:22pm on Monday the 12th of February 2018
 
Women's Weather Watch: What You Need to Know via UNICEF 

Special Weather Bulletin Number FIVE for Fiji ON SEVERE TROPICAL CYCLONE GITA ISSUED FROM RSMC NADI at 8:41am on Monday the 12th of February 2018

https://www.facebook.com/femlinkpacific/posts/10160198277635093

Women's Weather Watch: TC Gita - Tonga via Tonga Red Cross

As a result of an urgent meeting of the National Emergency Management Committee (NEMC) it is clear Tonga is preparing for a DIRECT hit.

https://www.facebook.com/femlinkpacific/posts/10160197435355093 

Special Weather Bulletin Number FOUR for Fiji ON TROPICAL CYCLONE GITA ISSUED FROM RSMC NADI at 1:55am on Monday the 12th of February 2018

https://www.facebook.com/femlinkpacific/posts/10160197404675093

 

11 February

The Fiji NDMO have released a public advisory for the Southern Lau group of islands to be prepared to the highest level as Severe tropical cyclone Gita will pass south on Tuesday night as a Category 4 system.

https://www.facebook.com/femlinkpacific/posts/10160195789700093 

Latest threat track & forecast track maps issued at 1915 hours today by @FijiMet show TC Gita may pass directly over Ono-i-Lau by Tuesday evening. 

https://www.facebook.com/femlinkpacific/posts/10160195728165093

For FemTALK89FM's Women's Weather Watch, Sharon Bhagwan Rolls speaks to Katalina Tohi of the Talitha Project as Tonga braces for the impact of TC Gita.

https://soundcloud.com/femlinkpacific/womens-weather-watch-tongafeb18-tc-gita-and-katalina-tohi-11th

FUA'AMOTU WEATHER FORECASTING CENTER: TROPICAL CYCLONE ADVISORY NUMBER SIX FOR TONGA ON SEVERE TROPICAL CYCLONE GITA ISSUED FROM THE FUA'AMOTU TROPICAL CYCLONE WARNING CENTRE AT 5:00PM SUNDAY 11 FEBRUARY 2018

https://www.facebook.com/femlinkpacific/posts/10160195364335093

Afternoon briefing from Fiji Met Office: Tropical Cyclone Gita (TC Gita) has intensified into a Severe Tropical Cyclone (Category 3) last night when it was located to the northeast of Niue.

https://www.facebook.com/femlinkpacific/posts/10160195078930093

Vanessa Heleta of the Talitha Project says communities are taking heed of weather reports that TC Gita is heading towards Tongatapu tonight

https://www.facebook.com/femlinkpacific/posts/10160194947110093

Special Weather Bulletin Number ONE for Fiji ON TROPICAL CYCLONE GITA ISSUED FROM RSMC NADI at 11:34am on Sunday the 11th of February 2018

https://www.facebook.com/femlinkpacific/posts/10160194236005093 

Vanessa Heleta of Talitha Project in Tonga reports communities are on Preparedness Alert

https://www.facebook.com/femlinkpacific/posts/10160193605310093 

Cyclone Gita could become Cat 4 as it heads to Tonga - Niue was spared the full force of Tropical Cyclone Gita overnight but the category three cyclone is heading towards Tonga and picking up strength

https://www.facebook.com/femlinkpacific/posts/10160193450945093 

Women's Weather Watch: Samoa

Our thoughts are with our Shifting the Power coalition partners the YWCA of Samoa as well as network members of the Pacific Disability Forum and friends and allies now attending to recovery efforts.

https://www.facebook.com/femlinkpacific/posts/10160192975035093 

Women's Weather Watch: Fiji - Preparedness still vital:

The National Disaster Management Office is advising the general public to examine their level of cyclone preparedness and to ensure that families and properties are cyclone ready in the face of a natural disaster.

https://www.facebook.com/femlinkpacific/posts/10160192696980093 

Women's Weather Watch: Cyclone Gita via RNZI
Having caused widespread flooding and damage in Samoa and American Samoa as a category two storm, Gita had veered southeast and was forecast to pass close to Niue's east coast overnight.

https://www.facebook.com/femlinkpacific/posts/10160190278025093 and https://www.facebook.com/femlinkpacific/posts/10160189550965093 

 

10 February

Women's Weather Watch: Fiji Preparedness Alert - Latest tweet from NDMO Fiji

https://www.facebook.com/femlinkpacific/posts/10160189072420093 

Special Weather Bulletin Number SEVENTY SEVEN ON HEAVY RAIN ISSUED FROM RSMC NADI AT 9:30AM ON SATURDAY the 10th of February 2018.

https://www.facebook.com/femlinkpacific/posts/10160189062865093 

Special Weather Bulletin Number SEVENTY FIVE ON HEAVY RAIN ISSUED FROM RSMC NADI AT 3:30AM ON SATURDAY the 10th of February 2018.

https://www.facebook.com/femlinkpacific/posts/10160188227200093 

Special Weather Bulletin Number THREE for Niue ON TROPICAL CYCLONE GITA ISSUED FROM RSMC NADI Feb 091657 UTC.

https://www.facebook.com/femlinkpacific/posts/10160188194880093 

 

9 February

Women's Weather Watch: Via DMO Samoa

Fiji NDMO has issued a tweet to follow @DMO_Samoa for updates on Cat 1 #TCGita:

"It is important to heed advisories from local authorities. The latest threat track map from @FijiMet shows that the cyclone may pass close to Apia within the next 24 hours"

https://www.facebook.com/femlinkpacific/posts/10160186677350093 

https://www.facebook.com/femlinkpacific/posts/10160186467785093 

The Samoan government has issued a tropical cyclone warning as meteorologists upgrade the risk that Cyclone Gita will form in the Pacific.

https://www.facebook.com/femlinkpacific/posts/10160186439155093 

Always Be Prepared

by Carolyn Kitione
In a Women’s Weather Watch update with the Director of Fiji Meteorological Services, Ravind Kumar, has echoed calls to be prepared.
 

8 February

(PODCAST) For FemTALK89FM's Women's Weather Watch, Alisia Evans speaks to rural women leaders.
 
(PODCAST) Alisia Evans speaks to Nirmala Sharma about what her community is doing to prepare in light of TD07F as well as the happenings in Labasa town with regards to preparedness and disaster response.
 
(PODCAST) Alisia Evans speaks to Dimakita Lena, known as Adi Ma, in Naleba, Labasa, about the current weather situation in her community and the impact of the heavy rain and floods on the surrounding sugarcane farms and infrastructure.
Alisia Evans speaks with Advisory Councillor, Urmila Prasad in Rakiraki to get the latest information on the situation in her community following a weather alert from the Fiji Met Office.
 
(PODCAST) While Rakiraki have been experiencing heavy rain and floods for the past two weeks, community members have been securing homes and packing emergency kits as part of their preparedness strategies and lessons learnt from TC Winston.

Since last week, TD08F has brought rains and windy conditions to many parts of Fiji but is moving away from the country. However, due to the developing TD07F, expect rain and strong winds particularly in the Western and Northern parts of the country over the next few days. 

https://www.facebook.com/femlinkpacific/posts/10160179538250093

(PODCAST) For FemTALK89FM's Women's Weather Watch, Ravind Kumar - Director of Fiji Met - gives an overview of the weather situation including with TD08F and TD07F.

https://soundcloud.com/femlinkpacific/womens-weather-watch-feb18-td08f-td07f-and-weekend-forecast-8th 

 

7 February

Women's Weather Watch: Samoa 
The Samoa Met Office has issued a HEAVY RAIN WARNING FOR WHOLE OF SAMOA.

https://www.facebook.com/femlinkpacific/posts/10160176692710093 

"Cyclone Caution" by Fred Wesley

https://www.facebook.com/femlinkpacific/posts/10160175948410093 

(Photos) As the rain falls, rural women leaders are keeping an eye on rivers and streams - this Women's Weather Watch update comes from Urmila Prasad, an advisory councillor for Wairuku, Cuicui, Narewa and Vitawa. 

https://www.facebook.com/femlinkpacific/posts/10160174714570093 

Tropical Disturbance TD08F which has brought heavy rain and winds to the country over the last few days has intensified into Tropical Depression but continues to move southwestwards, further away from Fiji. However, a Tropical Disturbance TD07F remains slow moving to the far Northwest of Fiji near Vanuatu and is anticipated to move towards Fiji and affect the Group from Thursday.

Read more: https://www.facebook.com/femlinkpacific/posts/10160174647875093 

 

6 February

A heavy rain warning remains in force for Vanua Levu, Taveuni and nearby smaller islands, Kadavu and nearby smaller islands, Lau and Yasawa group.

https://www.facebook.com/femlinkpacific/posts/10160170618210093 

Women’s Weather Watch: Supporting women to prepare

by Carolyn Kitione
“Because of Women's Weather Watch, important information comes to us personally,” said Losana Derenalagi, femLINKpacific’s convenor in Nadi and Lautoka. “It empowers us rural women leaders to be more aware of how to make our community more resilient to disasters."

5 February

The Ministry of Agriculture has issued an advisory to all all farmers to take the necessary precautions to reduce risk to life and their property as a heavy rain warning remains in force for Vanua Levu, Yasawa, Mamanuca, Lau and Lomaiviti groups and Northern, Eastern and Western Viti Levu, and based on the weather forecast by the Fiji Meteorological Services localised heavy rain can cause flash flooding in low lying areas.

Read more: https://www.facebook.com/femlinkpacific/posts/10160166196475093 

The weak tropical low affecting Fiji from last week had intensified and upgraded to a tropical disturbance as of late Saturday evening. Tropical Disturbance TD08F with an associated active trough of low pressure remains slow moving over the Fiji group.

Read more: https://www.facebook.com/femlinkpacific/posts/10160165884590093 

A FLOOD ALERT REMAINS IN FORCE FOR ALL LOW LYING AREAS AND SMALL STREAMS FOR THE WHOLE OF FIJI.

Read more: https://www.facebook.com/femlinkpacific/posts/10160164681000093 

 

3 February

A flood alert remains in force for all low lying areas, small streams and areas adjacent to major rivers for the whole of Fiji with high tide levels expected at 2.24m between 832 tonight and 252 tomorrow morning

https://www.facebook.com/femlinkpacific/posts/10160158219865093 

Vani Tuvuki reports that families in Koronubu are cleaning up after the heavy rain during the past day, but the special bulletin below is a reminder that the rain will continue.

Special Weather Bulletin Number TWENTY FOUR ON HEAVY RAIN ISSUED FROM RSMC NADI AT 08:50AM ON SATURDAY the 03rd of February 2018.

https://www.facebook.com/femlinkpacific/posts/10160156362190093 

Fiji Flood Alert issued by Fiji Meteorological Service for Ba and Tavua and northern Viti Levu

https://www.facebook.com/femlinkpacific/posts/10160155423290093

 

2 February

Special Weather Bulletin Number FIFTEEN ON HEAVY RAIN ISSUED FROM RSMC NADI AT 05:50AM ON FRIDAY the 02nd of February 2018.

https://www.facebook.com/femlinkpacific/posts/10160150746350093 

 

1 February

(PHOTOS) Via the National Disaster Management Office (Twitter) - take care this coming weekend.

https://www.facebook.com/femlinkpacific/posts/10160148630125093 

Important Preparedness Reminder via Na Draki Weather

https://www.facebook.com/femlinkpacific/posts/10160148163055093 

31 January

The National Disaster Management Office wishes to advice the general public to take heed of the heavy rain alert now in effect by the Fiji Meteorological Services.

https://www.facebook.com/femlinkpacific/posts/10160144168435093 

Following our women's weather watch report regarding the trough of low pressure we were receiving updates of heavy rain from Ba and Nausori while we watched heavy rain clouds draw closer to Savusavu town. 

https://www.facebook.com/femlinkpacific/videos/10160142715345093/ (VIDEO)

Special Weather Bulletin Number ONE ON HEAVY RAIN ISSUED FROM RSMC NADI AT 8:30AM ON WEDNESDAY the 31th of January 2018.

https://www.facebook.com/femlinkpacific/posts/10160142537505093 

 

30 January

Analysis via Na Draki Weather Service

https://www.facebook.com/femlinkpacific/posts/10160139413705093 

Further to our WWW report with Fiji Met NDMO has advised that the weather will be closely monitored in the coming days and advisories, alerts and warnings will be issued as appropriate.

https://www.facebook.com/femlinkpacific/posts/10160139018565093 

While #TCFehi is weakening and not a direct threat to Fiji, expect a wet weekend starting from Thursday through to early next week. 

Read more: https://www.facebook.com/femlinkpacific/posts/10160137607240093

Listen to the podcast: https://soundcloud.com/femlinkpacific/womens-weather-watch-jan18-tc-fehi-and-weekend-forecast-30th 

 

29 January

Women's Weather Watch: Melanesian Women Today picked this up from NIWA Weather

https://www.facebook.com/femlinkpacific/posts/10160131810585093

 

26 January

This feature by IWDA shares what the We Rise Coalition members and other partners are doing: IWDA We Rise Coalition co-members reacted swiftly to the immediate and ongoing impacts of Cyclone Winston. 

Read more: https://www.facebook.com/femlinkpacific/posts/10160117130510093 

 

19 January

Despite being disproportionately impacted by climate change, women are leading the response to climate change. 

Read more: https://www.facebook.com/femlinkpacific/posts/10160082236545093

 

16 January

This morning, our Labasa Community Media Centre (CMC) team reported that there was greater evidence of the slow moving trough of low pressure extending across to Vanua Levu.

Read more: https://www.facebook.com/femlinkpacific/posts/10160067206295093 

This morning's flood warning from the Fiji Weather Office advises that the flood alert for low lying areas and small streams in Ba is cancelled but a flood warning remains for Nausori and Rakiraki.

Read more: https://www.facebook.com/femlinkpacific/posts/10160066353880093 

Photos of the flooding of the Galela Bridge in Tavua yesterday by district advisory councillor Sarojini Goundar highlights more infrastructure concerns in Tavua disrupting travel and access to school and services while Jai Mati is reminding women's networks to stay safe at home.

See here: https://www.facebook.com/femlinkpacific/posts/10160066332700093 

The upgrading of Rakiraki's Infrastructure including river dredging was a key recommendation for the 2018 National Budget by Advisory Councillor Nila Rao in our submission last year.

Read more: https://www.facebook.com/femlinkpacific/posts/10160066200450093 

15 January

For Women's Weather Watch, Sian Rolls speaks to Ravind Kumar, Director of the Fiji Meteorological Services about the current heavy rain and flood warnings issued for the country. Rolls also speaks to rural women leaders - Vani Tuvuki, Nila Rao and Fane Boseiwaqa - about the weather and how their communities have been faring since Saturday.

Listen here: https://soundcloud.com/femlinkpacific/womens-weather-watch-jan18-heavy-rain-and-flood-warnings-15th 

Heavy rain and flood warning remain. Squally weather means you can expect a sudden, sharp increase in wind speed. This is usually associated with active weather, such as rain showers, thunderstorms, or heavy snow. Squalls refer to an increase in the sustained winds over a short time interval, as there may be higher gusts during a squall event

Read more: https://www.facebook.com/femlinkpacific/posts/10160061855030093 

Vani Tuvuki Qanaika report from Koronubu, Ba in the past hour shows flooding of Homes, food gardens and cane plantations

See more: https://www.facebook.com/femlinkpacific/posts/10160060293125093 

 

14 January

Flood reports via Fiji Police Force 

See here: https://www.facebook.com/femlinkpacific/posts/10160060257220093 

With high tide scheduled for 928pm water level is predicted to reach 1.78 metres. Low tide is scheduled for 3.50am tomorrow

Read more: https://www.facebook.com/femlinkpacific/posts/10160060039150093 

As the Fiji Weather Office issues special bulletins our Rural Women Leaders community media network having been monitoring flood levels in Lautoka, Ba, Tavua and Rakiraki this afternoon

Read more: https://www.facebook.com/femlinkpacific/posts/10160059895470093